Florida International overcame an eight-point deficit with a 14-0 run midway through the second half but faded down the stretch and lost 69-61 to Troy in a Sun Belt Conference game Thursday night in Troy, Ala. The Panthers (13-12, 8-8) hit four consecutive 3-pointers (two by Jerome Frink, who started off things with a dunk, and one each by Marco Porcher Jimenez and Deric Hill) to take a 48-42 lead with 9:50 left in the game. However, the Trojans (11-15, 6-9) gathered themselves and took a 63-58 lead into the final minute. Troy then sealed it at the free-throw line, making six of eight over the final 48 seconds while the visiting Panthers managed only a 3-pointer by Malik Smith on their final four possessions. Troy's Hunter Williams led all scorers with 20 points. Emil Jones had 17 and Deonata Jethroe 11 for the Trojans, who gained a split of the season series with the Panthers. The Panthers also had three players in double figures. Cameron Bell scored 12 points, Frink added 11 and Tymell Murphy had 10. Troy plays host to North Texas on Saturday, and Florida International has a home against Western Kentucky the same day.
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